After witnessing Sprinter Sacre brush aside Sanctuaire on Saturday it was Flemenstar who now had the opportunity to take centre stage, and confirm himself as a real festival prospect. A convincing five-length victory over the well-thought of Sir Des Champs did just that, as the seven-year-old put in a scintillating performance in the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown. Jockey Andrew Lynch set out to make every post a winning one, dictating throughout the race on Flemenstar. Peter Casey’s superstar jumped superbly, ears pricked throughout and was clearly a horse at the top of his game. This was some performance to make a two-time festival winner, Sir Des Champs who was unbeaten since joining Willie Mullins, look rather ordinary. Davy Russell was hard at work struggling to match the leaders pace. Last year’s winner, Ruby Light struggled to get involved and was well held a distant third. His victory has triggered a lot of debate on twitter, whether he’ll get 3m+ with a festival pace is hard to tell. But what we do know is he is improving with every run, has form over 3m in a point-to-point and is breed to stay. He certainly wasn’t stopping crossing the line yesterday and you’d have to feel the fairytale is only just beginning.
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12.10 Too Difficult 4/1 2 point win
12.40 Divine Angel 7/2 3 point win
1.10 Roy’s Legacy 9/1 1 point EW
1.40 Lockantanks 6/4 NAP 5 point win
2.10 Trois Vallees 11/2 2 point EW IWAC
2.40 Aquilonius 3/1 NB 4 point win
3.10 Lastkingofscotland 3/1 3 point win
3.40 Dancing Welcome 7/1 1 point EW
12.20 Pickworth 9/2 2 point win
12.50 Mungo Park 9/2 NB 3 point win
1.20 Hazy Tom 3/1 NAP 5 point win NAP
1.50 Benmadigan 6/1 2 point EW
2.20 Hi George 8/1 2 point EW
2.50 Blenheim Brook 6/1 2 point EW
3.20 Lord Of Tara 15/8 3 point win
1.00 Ericht 3 point win
1.30 Ajman 7/4 NB 3 point win
2.00 Cross Of Honour 11/4 2 point win
2.30 Who Owns Me 5/2 NAP 4 point win
3.00 Savant Bleu 2 point win
3.30 Terre Du Vent 2 point win
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